British Open champion Cameron Smith stated on Wednesday he felt it was unfair that those that joined LIV Golf will not be receiving world rating factors and hopes that adjustments earlier than his exemption into golf’s 4 majors expires.
World No. 2 Smith, whose transfer to LIV Golf was made official this week, earned exemption into golf’s 4 majors for at the least the subsequent 5 years along with his one-shot win finally month’s British Open.
Organisers of the majors haven’t modified their qualifying guidelines, however the 29-year-old Smith might nonetheless sooner or later discover himself on the skin wanting in as, for now, he can now not earn world rating factors.
“It is actually a disgrace that we aren’t getting world rating factors out right here,” Smith stated forward of his LIV Golf debut this week exterior Boston.
“To have 48 of one of the best guys around the globe enjoying, and to not get world rating factors, is maybe a bit of bit unfair.
“It is nonetheless tremendous aggressive out right here. I simply actually assume it is a bit of bit unfair.”
Whereas LIV Golf has lured gamers away from the PGA Tour with staggering sums of cash, the monetary windfall might come at a price for these nonetheless trying to compete within the Masters, PGA Championship, U.S. Open and British Open.
LIV Golf’s utility to the Official World Golf Rating board — which consists of representatives from the PGA Tour, DP World Tour, USGA, R&A, PGA of America and Augusta Nationwide — is underneath assessment.
“I hope that these world rating factors will kind themselves out earlier than my exemption is up,” Smith stated.
“To the followers of main championship golf, it could be a bit of bit unfair on them. I feel majors is about having one of the best guys in one of the best area on one of the best golf programs. Hopefully we will kind that out.”
Smith, who started speaking to LIV Golf previous to his triumph on the British Open, has heard the criticism about his resolution however has no regrets, despite the fact that he might be suspended from the PGA Tour when he tees off at The Worldwide on Friday.
“It is a new form of chapter in my life. I feel that is the way forward for golf. I like how it’s out right here,” Smith stated.
“It is a bit of bit extra laid again on the vary, the music enjoying. I like that stuff. I play with music at residence and yeah, I simply cannot wait to be part of this.”